Today the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported Rachelle "Shelly" Dick to fill a judicial vacancy in the U.S. Middle District Court of Louisiana. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., who recommended Ms. Dick to the President in November 2011, urged the Senate to swiftly bring her nomination to the floor for approval.
"I strongly urge my colleagues to quickly confirm Shelly Dick for the people of the Middle District of Louisiana," Sen. Landrieu said. "Shelly brings decades of litigation experience, an impressive record of service work, a thorough understanding of federal law and a wonderful attitude. She is highly respected within the judicial community, and I have the upmost confidence that she will serve Louisiana well as a fair and knowledgeable judge."
Ms. Dick is a founding partner at the law firm of Forrester and Dick, LLC. A veteran civil defense litigator, Attorney Dick has represented some of Louisiana's most prominent government and non-government entities in matters of federal employment law. Though her practice focuses primarily on defense litigation, her impartial temperament and expertise of employment law compelled the Louisiana Workforce Commission to appoint Attorney Dick to mediate cases as an Ad Hoc Hearing Officer in the Office of Worker's Compensation for the last three years.
Attorney Dick clerked for Judge Catherine "Kitty" Kimball, who served as Chief Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Before pursuing her career in law, Attorney Dick worked for four years at the Dow Chemical Company. Attorney Dick earned her Bachelor of Science cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Paul H. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where she was a member of the Louisiana Law Review.